Locust Olfaction: Synchronous Oscillations in Excitatory and Inhibitory Groups of Spiking Neurons

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During odour recognition, excitatory and inhibitory groups of neurons in the second stage of the locust olfactory system, the anten- nal lobe (AL), fire alternately. There is little spread in the firing times within each group. Locust anatomy and physiology help to pin down all parameters apart from the weights in a coarse spiking neuron model of the AL. The time period and phase of the group oscillations do however constrain the weights; this paper investigates how.
I generalise the spiking neuron locking theorem [3] to derive conditions that allow stable synchronous firing within multiple groups. I then apply the general result to the AL model. The most important result is that for a general form of postsynaptic potential (PSP) function the excitatory and inhibitory neuronal populations cannot fire alternately at certain time periods and phases, regardless of the size of the weights between and within groups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmergent Neural Computational Architectures Based on Neuroscience
Subtitle of host publicationTowards Neuroscience-Inspired Computing
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-44597-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-42363-8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


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